Do you believe in streaks? For me, it’s not just gamification. It’s incredibly useful for developing a good habit, fighting procrastination and generally adding a bit of structure to everyday chaos. I’ve just read an article about this on Duolingo (disclaimer: the article may be biased, we cannot be sure of their sources, and I don’t like Duolingo much anyway – so read at your peril :)) In short, maintaining a streak is very good for motivation, especially if we plan how to counter the demotivation of breaking a streak. It is motivating alright – look at me writing my daily post at 23:43!
P.S. I recently linked to Sandy Millin’s excellent article about building a language-learning habit. Has anyone else seen any good advice on streaks in ELT?